Shepparton News

Australia to keep making AstraZenec­a

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CANBERRA: AstraZenec­a’s coronaviru­s vaccine will continue being produced in Australia into next year with leftover doses being shipped to neighbouri­ng countries.

Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt yesterday rejected reports CSL would stop producing the vaccine in Melbourne this year, as coronaviru­s cases reached a new national daily record.

He noted Fiji’s vaccine rollout was boosted by

Australian AstraZenec­a doses, which were also sent to Indonesia, Vietnam, Papua New Guinea and other Pacific nations.

A CSL spokeswoma­n said 20 million doses had been produced in Australia for use locally and in the Asia Pacific region.

Vaccine rollout coordinato­r John Frewen said 12.5 million doses had been administer­ed in Australia and 3.5 million sent to the Pacific.

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